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Amy McNally
Assistant Research Scientist
NASA Scientist, GSFC
Hydrology, Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture and Vegetation

Using remotely sensed data and land surface models, Amy's research focuses on improving estimates of soil moisture and evapotranspiration for agricultural drought and water resources monitoring. In September 2013, she completed her PhD dissertation entitled 'Estimating root-zone soil moisture in the West African Sahel with remotely sensed rainfall and vegetation'. She enjoys working closely with physical and social scientists, as well as other stakeholders who are concerned with food and water security. After receiving a B.S. in Biology at SUNY-ESF she worked as an aquatic biologist for the US Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest. Later, she received a M.S. in Water Policy and Management from Oregon State University where her research focused on climate change and water sharing agreements between Israel, Jordan and Syria. Other research highlights have included studies on malaria and climate change in Africa, the socio-economic impacts of dams in Southwest China, the impact of aerosols on precipitation in South Korea, and global food, water and energy interactions.

  • McNally, Amy, Kristi Arsenault, Sujay Kumar, Shraddhanand Shukla, Pete Peterson, Shugong Wang, Chris Funk, Christa D. Peters-Lidard & James P. Verdin. "A land data assimilation system for sub-Saharan Africa food and water security applications". Scientific Data, 4:170012. doi:10.1038/sdata.2017.12. 2017.
  • Calculating crop water requirement satisfaction in the West Africa Sahel with remotely sensed soil moisture
  • Agricultural drought analysis and famine early warning: FEWS NET land data assimilation system
  • "A seasonal agricultural drought forecast system for food-insecure regions of East Africa".
  • Johnson, L. R., K.D. Lafferty, A. McNally, E. Mordecai, K. Paaijmans, S. Pawar & S. J. Ryan. "Mapping the Distribution of Malaria: current approaches and future directions". Infectious Disease Modeling, edited by Chen, D., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. 2014.
  • McNally, Amy, Chris Funk, Greg Husak, Joel Michaelsen, B. Cappelaere, J. Demarty, T. Pellarin, T.P. Young, K.K. Caylor, C. Riginos & K.E. Veblen. "Estimating Sahelian and East African soil moisture using the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index". Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions. 10, 1–35. 2013.
  • Mordecai, E., K. Paaijmans, L. Johnson, C. Balzer, T. Ben-Horin, E. de Moor, A. McNally, S. Pawar, S. Ryan, T. Smith & K. Lafferty. "Physiological constraints dramatically lower the expected temperature for peak malaria transmission". Ecology Letters. 2012.
  • McNally, Amy, D. Magee, and A.T Wolf. "Hydropower and sustainability: Resilience and vulnerability in China's powersheds". Journal of Environmental Management, 90, S286-S293. 2009.
  • Stahl, K., A. McNally, L. De Stefano, M. Zentner and A.T Wolf. "Integrating approaches to model future streamflow change and transboundary water allocation requirements". Submitted World Bank Working Paper. 2009.
  • Stahl, K., A. McNally, L. De Stefano, A. Basist, M. Zentner and B. Blankespoor. "Past and future streamflow in the Jordan River Basin: case study testing methods to assess treaty-flow vulnerability". Submitted World Bank Working Paper. 2008.
  • Dinar, S., A. McNally, and O. Odom. "Accounting for Climate Variability in International River Treaties". Submitted World Bank Working Paper. 2008.